Just two-and-a-half weeks before he officially takes up the role, Haverhill’s new local policing commander, Inspector Danny Cooper has expressed his ‘excitement’ at the new challenge ahead.
Insp Cooper takes over the reins in Haverhill on April 4 from Insp Peter Ferrie, who departs to become response inspector at Bury St Edmunds after four-and-a-half years in his current role.
The change has come about as part of the Suffolk Constabulary’s Local Policing Review and will see Insp Cooper continue his role as inspector for Sudbury - something he has done for two years after a spell as the Ipswich Central inspector - while combining it with his new duties in Haverhill.
He said: “I will be based in the office at Sudbury but my time is divided between Haverhill and Sudbury so I will have an office here as well and I’m looking forward to it.”
One of Insp Cooper’s priorities in Haverhill will be to continue the proactive work around tackling drug related crime in the town, which includes the ongoing Operation London, a ‘main priority’ for him, and working with young people in the town to address the drug issues further.
His role in Sudbury saw his time split between local policing for Babergh and being duty inspector for the West of Suffolk, but once he takes up his new post on April 4, Insp Cooper will be dedicated solely to local policing.
It is a new chapter in his career and one he is looking forward to, as he explained: “I’m keen to be bale to spend more time looking at local problems and really getting hold of those problems with the teams I’ve got.
“That’s going to be really good and Haverhill is an new and exciting challenge; new town, different issues to Sudbury.
“I will need to catch up with what those problems are.”
Once all the changes being undertaken as part of the policing review come into being, Insp Cooper doesn’t expect much to change for the people of Haverhill in terms of policing levels, although the station’s public desk will be closing.
He said: “We don’t expect to see a vast difference. If people pick up a phone and dial 999 the response will be there.”
A public meeting was to be held on March 22 to allow people to meet Insp Cooper and raise any issues, but that has been postponed until after April 4 because it clashed with a full Haverhill Town Council meeting.
A date and venue will be announced in due course.